“We’re treated like murderers, but our only crime is not having the right papers”
Here, there are many people from the Maghreb, India, Bangladesh, and Sub-Saharan Africa. They allow us to keep our cell phones to have a way of reaching our families, but we are not authorized to take pictures with them due to the presence of the police and military who come and go around our centre. Very frequently, fights break out between the detainees, and theft is a common problem. Some have been grievously injured in brawls that went awry.
This is no way to live. We are treated like murderers, when our only crime is not having the right papers. They tell us that they will keep us behind bars for 12 months [since October 2012, an asylum seeker can legally be kept in prison for a year in Greece]. Even when you ask for asylum and have the pink card [a form given following a request for asylum before a final decision is made], you can be arrested. After a year in here, what will become of me? I am very worried, especially given my deteriorating health.